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BA in Interior and Spatial Design (Full Time)

University of the Arts London

Bachelor Degree , Interior Design

Course Description

The course will give you the opportunity to develop your own approach to the subject. Underpinned by theory and research, you will investigate and test spatial possibilities.

Projects will look at public and private spaces, narrative and designed environments and community engagement. You will work with staff and external communities. We will encourage collaborative and multidisciplinary ways of working. The course will prepare you for a variety of careers in the creative industries and beyond.

What to expect

  • To learn key interior and spatial design skills supported by leading professional practitioners
  • To develop an understanding of the context of contemporary forms of spatial design practice through individual and collaborative, live and theoretical projects
  • To develop personal design processes that consider context, material and research-based design methods
  • To explore forms of spatial practice including consideration of people, spaces, objects and materials through written works, design portfolio, exhibition, short films and online formats
  • Projects that explore innovative social, cultural and industry-focussed contexts and consider responsibilities around ethics, sustainability, social justice and human relations.
  • To work on live projects in the public sphere that help you develop subject-specific and transferable skills
  • To take risks and engage with multiple audiences to define your scale of practice
  • To engage inside and outside the studio with various design research practice themes. These will range from conception through to realisation and have a local to global outlook
  • A lecture and seminar series based around key historical and theoretical ideas across the subject
  • To be able to explore individual ambitions and collective practices
  • To showcase design work and research via exhibition, presentation and portfolio
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops that include printmaking, photography, film, moving image, digital, plastic, ceramics, wood and metalwork. 

The course will give you the opportunity to develop your own approach to the subject. Underpinned by theory and research, you will investigate and test spatial possibilities. Projects will look at public and private spaces, narrative and designed environments and community engagement. You will work with staff and external communities. We will encourage collaborative and...

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Course Content

Year 1

Unit 1 - Introduction to Interior and Spatial Design

This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university.

Unit 2 - Design practice 1

This unit consists of a small-scale, body-related spatial design project, through which key spatial design skills are introduced.

  • To explore how making, drawing, digital, film and animation skills are used to inform, develop and present design ideas and proposals
  • To develop methods to survey, map and record both physical and experiential site conditions, as a basis to propose new interventions
  • To focus on context, scale and site
  • To work individually and as part of a design team

Unit 3 - Design cultures 1

This unit introduces historical, cultural and theoretical contexts for interior and spatial design.

  • A project will involve the research and analysis of an influential interior and spatial design example. From this you will produce a scaled model for an exhibition
  • To begin to gain a critical understanding of how public and private spaces are composed within the built environment
  • To have an introduction to the narrative of space
  • Analysis and evaluation of written texts through workshops, lectures and presentations
  • Interactive workshops around research methods
  • To give a short presentation
  • Written work

Unit 4 - Design media 1

This unit deals with the research, context, development and resolution of a spatial design project in response to a live project brief.

  • To engage with a complex existing local site and its’ condition
  • There will be a focus on material and spatial organisation
  • To look at how a planning strategy can be used to organise a sequence of spaces
  • To carry out site analysis
  • To work individually and as part of a design team
  • To use digital media for design, presentation and communication
  • To develop prototypes of a scaled model and use orthographic drawings to communicate spatial ideas

Year 2

Unit 5 - Design practice 2

This unit deals with the design of a spatial interaction at a human scale.

  • To explore details in existing buildings
  • Site visits to explore the principles of building structure and construction
  • Interactive workshops on aspects of professional design practice and technology
  • To look at strategies for assessing and responding to human needs
  • To investigate material qualities, making processes and fabrication techniques
  • To present your design proposal

Unit 6 - Collaborative and collective practices

This unit aims to introduce you to different ways in which collaborative working can focus and enhance your own creative strengths. This unit has 3 core purposes: 

  • To engage with fellow students with different practices and interests in a collaborative project
  • To engage with external audiences, participants or institutions to consider new contexts for your work
  • To develop your creative attributes to enable you to take on future challenges in a variety of contexts

Unit 7 - Design cultures 2

In this unit you will design a public spatial intervention and a write response to it. This is to deepen your understanding of contemporary theory and debates relevant to interior and spatial design.

  • To explore various approaches to the analysis of space and interiors
  • Lectures, site visits and interactive workshops
  • Workshops on research and design methods
  • Visits to buildings and archives
  • Tutorials to support your research and design process

Unit 8 - Design media 2

This unit involves the design of an exhibition. It will involve the coordination of objects, materials and spaces, professional practice, the role of publicity and social media.

  • To document, survey and analyse an existing architectural site
  • To communicate the design of a narrative environment for a diverse set of users
  • To produce a set of construction drawings to demonstrate an ethical and sustainable position
  • Workshops on aspects of professional design practice and technology

Year 3

Unit 9 - Design cultures 3

In this unit you will produce an illustrated thesis, a visual essay and define a project brief demonstrating your personal position toward people, place and professional practice. These will inform your research and practice in unit 10.

  • Workshops on research and design methodologies
  • Artists, designers and architects talks and lectures
  • Written work
  • Presentation of work in progress

Unit 10 - Design practice 3

This unit will define your personal identity as a designer and pave the way to a professional career after graduation. This unit is designed to enable a highly-resolved body of work, demonstrating your full capabilities as a context-driven designer of spaces.

  • Your design project to build upon the research and creative practice developed in unit 9
  • To work in a design studio group with other students who share common ground
  • To define the site, scale, user and scope of project in negotiation with tutors
  • To consider social, ethical and sustainable issues
  • To give a visual and oral presentation about your project demonstrating relevance to your personal research interests, professional practice and the discipline of interior and spatial design
  • To present work in the college degree show

Year 1 Unit 1 - Introduction to Interior and Spatial Design This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university. Unit 2 - Design practice 1 This unit consists of a small-scale, body-related spatial design project, through which key spatial design skills are...

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Entry Requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are one or a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • 2 A Levels at grade C or above
  • Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Or equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C)

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your portfolio of work, personal statement and reference.

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

  • IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English language requirements)

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are one or a combination of the following qualifications: Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4) 2 A Levels at grade C or above Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma Pass at UAL Extended Diploma Access to Higher Education Diploma Or...

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Assessment Methods

  • Peer and self assessment
  • Portfolio - physical and digital
  • Presentations
  • Written work including assignments and essays

  • Peer and self assessment
  • Portfolio - physical and digital
  • Presentations
  • Written work including assignments and essays

Additional Information

Course dates

Autumn Term:

Monday 21 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring Term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer Term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021

Course dates

Autumn Term:

Monday 21 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring Term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer Term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021